Thank you all so much for the sweet comments about Mortimer. It has been very comforting to read them and think about him. He was such a special cat and we're glad we got to spend so many wonderful years with him. It's strange. Now that both of our pets have passed on it feels so weird being a family without pets. It will certainly take D and I some time to reprogram ourselves to not stress about the ice cream bowl left on the coffee table or the basement stairs being left open during trips to fetch laundry -- Mort would always sneak downstairs only to be missing for a while before we thought, "oh, he must be in the basement". I gotta say that one of the hardest parts of saying goodbye to Mort has been when Felix has searched for him. Saying goodbye to a pet can be very confusing for young children; I would love any advice or book recommendations you have on the topic.
Our weekend was sad, but we also carried on with things as best we could. We had a very nice time picking strawberries. Indeed. It was good to drive a short distance and watch Felix's eyes pop as he discovered what was about to happen. He, of course, settled right in and began picking and sampling with gusto. Can't wait to go back for round two sometime very soon. Gotta make some strawberry jam or maybe we'll just eat them all like we did this time?